A police officer accused of child sex offenses just a month after his dream wedding has appeared in court hand in hand with his new wife.
Constable Conor McCurley, 26, was ordered off the job by Victoria Police high command after being charged with 19 historical offenses in August.
He was due to be married to his partner Kim Trajcevski, who supported him in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday for a brief hearing.
Conor McCurley was supported in court by his new wife Kim. The accusations became public just before their wedding
McCurley declined to answer questions about the marriage as he left court, but a quick search of Kim’s social media accounts reveals she now uses his last name.
She was also spotted wearing a ring on her wedding finger.
The officer has been suspended without pay while the case works its way through the court system.
McCurley faces charges including committing indecent acts with or in the presence of a child under 16, sexual penetration and touching the genitals of his alleged victim.
The girl claims McCurley committed these acts before becoming a member of Victoria Police.
Magistrate Donna Bakos on Friday granted McCurley’s lawyer permission to transport her client’s alleged victim to court for cross-examination.
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, will be among six witnesses to be questioned by McCurley’s defense.
The court heard that McCurley intended to vigorously contest the allegations, with the matter listed for a contested hearing in February.
Ms Bakos said allowing her alleged victim to be cross-examined was in the “interests of justice”.
In handing down her ruling, Ms Bakos revealed the alleged victim was the “key witness”, with no other direct evidence linking McCurley to the alleged offences.
Others involved in the case can simply recount the stories this woman gave them, Ms. Bakos said.
“I accept that cross-examination is justified,” she said.
A “ground rules” hearing will be held prior to the contested hearing to ensure that the alleged victim is not unnecessarily harassed with questions unrelated to the case.
Cross-examination of alleged sex victims has long come under scrutiny over claims the process can frighten these people.
The court heard McCurley’s alleged victim made various statements relating to “numerous allegations over a period of time”.
Kim Trajcevski is now McCurley. She was set to marry McCurley while accusations were being made against him.
It is alleged that Conor McCurley (above) committed indecent acts before becoming a police officer.
The news came just weeks before McCurley was due to marry his fiancée of two years at the picturesque Acacia Ridge Vineyard in the Yarra Valley.
The glitzy venue costs $13,800 to rent — and that’s before catering and flowers are taken into account.
McCurley was charged on August 16 following an internal police investigation by Victoria Police’s sexual offenses and domestic violence unit.
The news came just weeks before McCurley is due to marry his fiancée of two years at the picturesque Acacia Ridge Winery in the Yarra Valley, which costs $13,800 to rent for the venue alone.
The couple’s Countdown website showed a timeline of their love story, detailing how they met in May 2020, bought land together to build their first house in January 2021 and got engaged in May of the same year.
The couple also had an engagement party in February last year.
The dress code for their nuptials is “cocktail formal,” with an afternoon ceremony followed by an evening reception.
McCurley’s fiancé was to have five bridesmaids, while he planned for five groomsmen – whom he called “the gentlemen.”
The couple had asked their 120 guests not to bring their children, saying: “While we love your little ones, to give all of our guests the opportunity to celebrate properly, we kindly ask that they there be no children.”
McCurley remains free in the community on bond.
His contested hearing is expected to drag on for three days.
Arm in arm, the couple refused to discuss their marriage during questioning in court Friday.
McCurley (left) leaves Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday